Jul 16, 2017

Carlos Sainz retires from British GP after being hit on Lap 1

An incident at Becketts denies the Spaniard’s chances

Silverstone, July 16th 2017.- Carlos Sainz’s race at the British Grand Prix was over after half a lap. An incident with Scuderia Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat forced him to an early retirement due to mechanical damage, with the Spaniard unable to do anything about it.

Although rain is a common threat at Silverstone, today it didn’t appear at all. Still, Race Direction asked the grid to do a second Formation Lap since Jolyon Palmer’s Renault had stopped track-side with hydraulic problems. The second try went fine.

Carlos took the start on supersoft tyres, just as most cars around him. He was on the thirteenth spot of the grid, since on Saturday a rear suspension issue prevented him from exploiting his full potential on Qualifying.

When the lights went off, Carlos defended his position. He went through Luffield right at the tale of his teammate. He overtook him going into Copse. Benefitting from Carlos’ tow, Daniil gained momentum and recovered the inside line through Maggots, but went over the kerbs and lost stability coming into Becketts. Carlos, who always stood on the outside line and left space for his teammate, received the impact of the second STR12.

Because of the collision, Carlos had to retire from the Grand Prix and his teammate was given a Drive-Through penalty and two points on his superlicence.
When Carlos returned to the paddock, he explained that he wanted today’s issue to remain a private matter of the team.  “You don’t want to retire from a race because of a crash, not when you have done a good first lap. We will discuss it internally. It’s not worth it to talk in front of the microphones, because that wouldn’t help anyone”, he said.

I think today we could have done a good race, but this is racing. Now we must think in Hungary. I still feel optimistic. We have had issues for two races in a row, two DNF, but I am sure that this streak will end soon”, he concluded.

Formula 1 will return in two weeks’ time for the Hungarian Grand Prix, held at the slowest permanent circuit on the calendar, the Hungaroring. It will be the last race before the summer break, the last chance to score points and move on from two unlucky events. As always, we will keep an eye on Carlos via his official website www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.